Pride goalkeeper invited to national U20 team training
WESTERN Pride goalkeeper Bon Scott has a chance to build a future international career when he trains with the Australian under-20 squad.
Scott, who turned 18 earlier this month, has been called into the national camp in Melbourne, from Sunday to next Thursday.
With three goalkeepers needed in the lead-up to the next under-20 World Cup, Scott can strengthen his prospects for future selection.
Tottenham Spurs rookie Tom Glover is the number one-ranked keeper at the moment. It is believed two other spots are available.
Western Pride goalkeeping coach John Garside has been working with Scott for 10 months since both joined the region's National Premier Leagues club.
Garside is delighted to see the teenager "with genuine talent'' receive such an important opportunity.
"Bon's been great. He's a fantastic young man to work with,'' Garside said.
"He's got a great work ethic. He's been incredible.
"We are all pretty proud of him at the Pride.''
Scott (pictured) was previously with the QAS and Roar youth teams before joining Pride.
He's impressed this season with his consistent performances in the NPL state league competition.
Scott's higher level opportunity comes at the same time Pride defender Joel Haack has also been given an opportunity to impress.
Haack is in NSW, trialling with the Central Coast Mariners youth side preparing for a new season.
He has a week of training for the club to assess his future prospects.
New Western Pride coach Graham Harvey is pleased to see the regional NPL development program working.
"Ultimately, Western Pride is the pathway for the local Ipswich region with the western corridor,'' he said, having taken over from former head coach Karl Dodd.
"For Bon to be involved with the national set-up is brilliant.
"From a club point of view, it's great to see some opportunities arising for some of the youngsters.
"The policy that the club has put in place at the start of the season before I was here is now starting to bear fruit.
"It's a credit to the two boys and certainly a credit to some of the off-field stuff that's been happening at the club as well.''
Western Pride play Far North Queensland in their next NPL match at the Briggs Road Sporting Complex on Saturday night.